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Local Offer Big Fortnight 2022 programme

The Local Offer will be hosting various events, both virtual and in person, between Monday 3rd October – Friday 14th October 2022.

These free events will provide information and advice to both parents/carers and professionals on services available for children and young people aged 0-25 with a support need.

In person events

The Local Offer Big Event on Wednesday 12th October 2022, 10am to 2pm @ The Platform, Faringdon Road, Swindon, SN1 5BJ.

There will be a range of stallholders at the event, including: Swindon SEND information, advice and support service (SIAS), Healthwatch, Education, Employment and Training service (EET,) Early Help, Adult Transitions, Fostering, SEND Service and the Local Offer.

We will also be holding several drop in sessions:

  • 4th October 2022, 10am to 2pm - Central Library, Town Centre (including Educational Psychology Service, SEND Travel and Personal Travel Budgets, SEND Service & Personal Budget for SEND)
  • 5th October 2022, 10am to 2pm - Everleigh Centre, Penhill (including Early Help, Early Years, Parenting Hub, Fostering, Aiming High)
  • 6th October 2022, 10am to 2pm - Swindon Hub, The Parade (including Speech and Language, SENCOs, and School Attendance)

Online events

The online events will be held on Microsoft Teams. Details of the online sessions available and links to book a place are listed under the dates below:

Monday 3rd October

Aiming High – social and leisure activities for children and young people with disabilities (10:00-11:00)

This session is an opportunity to hear more about Aiming High and the types
of support available, and ask any questions you may have.
To book: Aiming High – social and leisure activities

Participation: how we work with Swindon’s children, young people and families to improve our services (13:00-14:00)

The Participation team will discuss their role in listening to and working with children, young people and families in Swindon to develop services and make positive change to the support we give our community.
To book: Participation: how we work with Swindon’s children, young people and families

Education, Employment & Training Service Q&A Panel (16:00-17:00)

A virtual session run by the Education, Employment & Training (EET) Service to find out more from local providers and employers on what is available for young people with SEND post 16.
To bookEducation, Employment & Training Service Q&A Panel

Tuesday 4th October

An update on Swindon’s Neurodevelopmental pathway (16:30 - 18:00) 

This update will explain what the Neurodevelopmental pathway is, how it works, the scope of conditions covered and the support offered.
To bookSwindon’s Neurodevelopmental pathway update

Wednesday 5th October

Project Me - Peer4Support programme (16:00-17:30)

How an innovative new programme from Project Me, 'Peer4Support' is working in schools across Swindon.
To book: Project Me - Peer4Support programme 

An update on Swindon’s Neurodevelopmental pathway (17:30 - 19:00) 

This update will explain what the Neurodevelopmental pathway is, how it works, the scope of conditions covered and the support offered.
To bookSwindon’s Neurodevelopmental pathway update

Friday 7th October

Education, Employment & Training Service Q&A Panel (13:00-14:00)

A virtual session run by the Education, Employment & Training (EET) Service to find out more from local providers and employers on what is available for young people with SEND post 16.
To bookEducation, Employment & Training Service Q&A Panel

Monday 10th October

Children’s Direct Payments for social and leisure services (13:00-14:00)

A brief introduction to direct payments for social and leisure children’s services, with a Q&A session at the end of presentation.
To bookChildren’s Direct Payments for social and leisure services

Tuesday 11th October

An overview of Swindon CAMHS (11:00-12:00)

This session will give an overview of the services offered by Swindon CAMHS including how referrals to the service are made. There will be information about some of the clinics that are offered and some of the types of mental health presentations we work with and the interventions offered, as well as how we work in partnership with other services in Swindon to support young people.
To bookAn overview of Swindon CAMHS

The importance of regular school attendance (13:00-14:00)

This interactive webinar is for any professional who wants to know more about school attendance and the reasons for absence, for parents who are concerned about their child’s attendance and for children and young people who may want to know more about why regular school attendance is important.
To bookThe importance of regular school attendance

Having 'Tennis match' interactions – the importance of being a responsive communication partner (16:00-17:00)

This session looks at the importance of adult interactions in developing children’s speech and language skills. It is aimed at parents of pre-school children (0-5) and/ or young children who are having difficulties developing communication.
To bookHaving 'Tennis match' interactions – the importance of being a responsive communication partner

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